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Oh-My-Vagrant by James

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Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Project description - What the project does
  3. Setup - Getting started with Oh-My-Vagrant
  4. Usage/FAQ - Notes on usage and frequently asked questions
  5. Reference - Detailed reference
  6. Examples - Example configurations
  7. Limitations - Vagrant versions, OS compatibility, etc...
  8. Development - Background on module development and reporting bugs
  9. Authors - Authors and contact information


The Oh-My-Vagrant project lets you describe your Vagrant configuration declaratively in YAML, and provides a general purpose Vagrantfile that reads that configuration and passes it to Vagrant.

Project Description

Vagrant is great, but it has some rough edges, especially if you want your Vagrant files to work across multiple local virt providers (e.g. VirtualBox, libvirt), and multiple host operating systems (whether Windows, Mac OS X, or your preferred flavour of Linux).

The Oh-My-Vagrant project provides a rich Vagrantfile that avoids (or works around) many of those rough edges by reading in the desired configuration from a declarative YAML syntax that allows for dynamic lists of virtual machines, Puppet(/Ansible/Chef/Salt) integration, docker containers in each machine, automatic DNS setup, easy box downloading, and more!

Instead of having to write complex, partially declarative pseudo-ruby code to create and modify a Vagrant environment, you can instead do all the manipulation simply by editing a short omv.yaml definition file. The provided Vagrantfile then reads this definition to dynamically configure Vagrant. Additionally, it integrates with code to help you run existing configuration management utilities, kick off docker commands, and more!

For more information, start by reading and working through the introductory blog post.


What can Oh-My-Vagrant do?

Oh-My-Vagrant is designed to be able to deal with:

  • Dynamic lists of named virtual machines
  • Dynamic lists of numbered virtual machines
  • Automatic Puppet/Ansible/Chef/Salt integration
  • Automatic DNS setup
  • Easy Vagrant box downloading (for certain OS choices)
  • Docker container enablement in each virtual machine
  • Automatic Kubernetes setup
  • And much more...

Mainstream usage

Oh-My-Vagrant now supports a "mainstream" mode. This is the most common way to use OMV when it is installed via your package manager. You interact with it entirely with the omv binary. The omv binary works exactly like the vagrant command that you're used to, except that it works directly on the omv.yaml file, and hides the Vagrantfile complexity inside a system folder.

To initialize a new OMV environment, you can run:

$ omv init

to automatically create an omv.yaml file. If you supply a path as an argument to the init verb, then all OMV project specific files will be stored in this sub directory, to avoid cluttering up your project root directory.

Simple usage

For most use cases, the simple usage of Oh-My-Vagrant should fulfill all your needs. Start by recursively cloning the project, and entering the vagrant/ directory:

$ git clone --recursive
$ cd oh-my-vagrant/vagrant/

In this directory (or any of the children directories), you can run typical vagrant command line tools, which will use the powerful Vagrantfile provided. Instead of changing the pseudo-ruby code used in the Vagrantfile, you can instead customize the behaviour by modifying a simple omv.yaml file.

Everytime you run a vagrant command, the omv.yaml file will be read in (if it exists) parsed, and then written out in the same location. As a result, any erroneous, not compliant, or non parseable data you put in this file will be lost.

If you do not have a omv.yaml template, running the vagrant status command will cause one to be generated. Play around with the settings in the omv.yaml file, and forget about the days where small changes to your environment, required pasting in a mess of code.

Complex usage

The complex use case allows Oh-My-Vagrant to be used as a platform that you can build a "module" on top of. This module can provide a homework environment, a set of interactive classwork lessons, the definitions for a demonstration cluster, and perhaps much more.

Steps for writing a custom module is currently undocumented. Please help improve this documentation by submitting a patch! In the meantime, you can refer to one of the existing Oh-My-Vagrant modules, if you're comfortable learning by example. It's fairly straightforward, but here are some quick pointers:

  • Your module should be a separate git repo with the correct format.
  • You'll need to set the omv.yaml "folder" parameter to match the name of your module.
  • Include your module folder as a git submodule, in the directory next to the omv.yaml file provided with the Oh-My-Vagrant project. You should name your branch module/your_module_name. You should keep a reference to the branch with your module in it in this manner, and rebase your branch against the newer git master branch as often as you can.
  • It's fairly straightforward once you look at an example. If you're stuck, your author would be happy to help out in exchange for code or documentation patches.

Example modules

Example modules should be added as git submodules in a branch named: module/your_module_name. For example, if your module is called gluster, then you should create a branch named: module/gluster. If you're looking for an example module, so that you can ascertain the format, and learn what is possible, here is a list of examples:

Usage and frequently asked questions

(Send your questions as a patch to this FAQ! I'll review it, merge it, and respond by commit with the answer.)

Why did you start this project?

I wasted enough time making custom Vagrant environments for more than one project. I took what I learnt about Vagrant, and generalized that in a single project. Now I don't have to duplicate code, or waste time when I want to make changes to my Vagrant environment.

Why are there multiple network interfaces created on each OMV managed host?

Each VM brought up by OMV and vagrant-libvirt typically has two interfaces by default. The first interface on the VM (which uses DHCP) is used to initially get a connection to vagrant, since vagrant finds the machines by looking in the DHCP leases table in Dnsmasq. This is the only way vagrant can find the IP address. It would be great if there was an out of band communication method, but nothing like this exists in vagrant-libvirt at this time. After vagrant has found the VM, it makes all of its changes over this interface using SSH. Since the first interface requires DHCP, and because many multi host clusters prefer a consistent (statically assigned) IP address across reboots, OMV adds a second interface which has this statically assigned address. It also provides DNS for this network interface via the /etc/hosts file.

Why is there an extra entry in the /etc/hosts file on each VM?

Every VM created by OMV includes an extra entry in the /etc/hosts file:

[vagrant@omv1 ~]$ cat /etc/hosts
## vagrant-hostmanager-start   omv1    omv
## vagrant-hostmanager-end

The omv line represents a virtual IP address reserved on every VM in the cluster. It's unused by default and can be used by the developer for any purpose. It's commonly used by keepalived when using the VM cluster to demonstrate leader election.

Do you have any tricks for using Vagrant and Vagrant-Libvirt?

I've written a bunch about Vagrant and Vagrant-Libvirt on my technical blog. Since things have changed over the years, more recent articles are probably more relevant, and there may be old information which is no longer necessary. As a result, use your judgement, and in doubt, feel free to ask. In particular, there are a few articles which are probably still relevant, and which will be very useful. They are:

Can I use this without puppet?

Yes, absolutely. This provides puppet integration, but it is entirely optional. If you'd like to add integration for another configuration management system, please send a patch.

Something isn't working correctly, and I feel I'm missing some code...

This project has some useful dependencies which are included in the main project as git submodules. To ensure you get all of the code, make sure you do an initial clone with the --recursive flag. Example:

git clone --recursive

Does this work on Windows?

Almost all of the code is vagrant specific ruby code, therefore OMV should work on anything that vagrant works on. However, there is a bit of platform specific code added to OMV that is currently known to use POSIX file system semantics, and as a result likely won't work under Windows. This means you can either use OMV with fewer features on Windows, or help by patching it and testing it on that platform. So far, few have wanted to use or develop on that platform, with most preferring GNU/Linux and sometimes OSX, which are both fully functional at this time.

Awesome work, but it's missing support for a feature and/or platform!

Since this is an Open Source / Free Software project that I also give away for free (as in beer, free as in gratis, free as in libre), I'm unable to provide unlimited support. Please consider donating funds, hardware, virtual machines, and other resources. For specific needs, you could perhaps sponsor a feature!

I am seeing a similar error that mentions hostmanager. The error looks like:

$ vagrant status
There are errors in the configuration of this machine. Please fix
the following errors and try again:

* Unknown configuration section 'hostmanager'.

You are seeing this error because OMV has certain requirements. One of which is a plugin that can manage hostnames. In general, we want to be able to have members of the cluster access each other via FQDN. Now, there are two ways to do this:

  1. Add a real DNS server somewhere and make sure the hosts can get to it.
  2. Modify the /etc/hosts file on each host in the vagrant cluster to have a record for all of the other machines

So, the way we can fix this error is to install the hostmanager plugin.

$ wget
2015-07-01 13:11:45 (384 MB/s) - ‘’ saved [1315/1315]

$ chmod +x && ./
Installing the 'vagrant-hostmanager' plugin. This can take a few minutes...
Installed the plugin 'vagrant-hostmanager (1.5.0)'!
Cloning into 'vagrant-hostmanager'...
remote: Counting objects: 801, done.
remote: Total 801 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 801
Receiving objects: 100% (801/801), 132.64 KiB | 0 bytes/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (465/465), done.
Checking connectivity... done.
sent 20,583 bytes  received 319 bytes  41,804.00 bytes/sec
total size is 19,533  speedup is 0.93
Patched successfully!

Now you can run vagrant status successfully and utilize the function of the plug-in which allows you to modify the /etc/hosts file on each host in the cluster.

You didn't answer my question, or I have a question!

Contact me through my technical blog and I'll do my best to help. If you have a good question, please remind me to add my answer to this documentation!


Please note that there are a number of undocumented options. For more information on these options, please view the source at: If you feel that a well used option needs documenting here, please contact me.

Overview of reference


Editing the omv.yaml file is the primary way of modifying your Oh-My-Vagrant environment. If you don't have a template, running the vagrant status command should cause one to get created with some sensible defaults.

While the reference docs for OMV itself are currently incomplete, you can get a fair way given the main Vagrant documentation and the assumption that if an omv.yaml setting matches the name of a Vagrant box configuration setting, then that setting in the YAML provides arguments to the corresponding call in the Vagrantfile.


Currently undocumented.


Subnet (in CIDR notation) that will be used for virtual machines. If you're using Libvirt, make sure it does not clash with the existing virtual networks on your machine. If it does - you have to set :namespace parameter to be the same as existing network name, otherwise things will not work.


Vagrant box name (excluding .box extension) that will be used to build a virtual machine. If it does not exist on the system - it will be downloaded from :boxurlprefix.


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URL pointing to a location that contains Vagrant box files. It points to by default.


Sync type to use. Valid types include rsync and nfs (version 3). Other types, including nfsv4 and 9p, will hopefully be supported in the future.


This option sets where your project folder gets synced into the machine. If you pass an absolute path, that will be used, if you pass a relative path, then that will be appended to the default path for that environment. In general, you will get appended to /vagrant/, however on an atomic host, this default is /home/vagrant/sync/. If you specify an empty string (the default) then no special path will be appended, and your working directory will get synced into the default location as specified above. Lastly, if you specify the special path of /, then your project will be synced into a subfolder of the same name of your project folder, and located beneath the above default location.

For example, if you have a project (a git repository perhaps) named mgmt, and you want to sync the files into /vagrant/mgmt/, then the special / path is the magic feature you're looking for.


Set the sync source for your vm. When left with the empty string '', this defaults to the folder in your project directory. When folder is empty, obviously the project directory is used by itself. This option is particularly useful because you can pass it the .. value, which will pick the parent directory. This is a common hack for projects which hide the mess of their project inside the folder variable, but want the whole project to get synchronized into the machine.


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If you set this to a string, the cd command will run with this arg after vscreen connects to your vm, but before the screen command runs. This will have the effect of putting you in your favourite working directory automatically. This also works when using vsftp, but not vcssh. If you set the cd value to $SYNCDIR (a string literal) or to - (the dash) then these are magic variables which indicate you want to cd to whichever path the syncdir option resolves to.


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By default, oh-my-vagrant will create :count number of virtual machines, all with the same settings, and generated hostnames and IP addresses. Using the :vms array you can define different parameters for different VMs. Example:

- :name: master-vm
  :image: fedora-21
  :disks: 1
  :disksize: 10G
  :memory: 1024
  :cpus: 2
- :name: slave-vm
  :image: centos-7.1
:count: 0

The above configuration will create 2 virtual machines: first one will have 2 CPUs and 1G of RAM assigned, as well as additional 10G hard disk, and will be based on the Fedora 21 image. The 2nd one will be created with the default values (1 CPU, 512MB of RAM), and will be based on centos-7.1 image.

Have a look at Ansible example to get an idea about how the complete configuration looks like.

Note: If you're using :vms to define custom VMs, you might want to set :count parameter to zero. If you don't do this, oh-my-vagrant will always create :count extra VMs, which you might want or not, depending on your setup. See this comment for an example situation where this might be useful.


Free-form string that will be used as:

  • Libvirt/VirtualBox virtual network name
  • prefix for virtual machines names generation, if :vms array is not defined

If you set this to the same string as an existing network name - make sure you also set :network parameter correctly.


Set this to the number of virtual machines you want oh-my-vagrant to create. Hostnames and IP addresses will be generated automatically, and fair defaults will be used for the VMs. Example:

:namespace: testing-omv
:count: 5

Above configuration will create 5 virtual machines: testing-omv1, testing-omv2 ... testing-omv5.

See also :vms parameter documentation for information about how you can define various virtual machine parameters yourself.


Currently undocumented.


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Array of Red Hat Subscription Manager pool(s) to attach to a system. Note: even if you want to supply only one pool ID, you still have to do it with YAML list notation, like this:

  - ff8080812bc382e3012bc3845ca000cb

If you want to pass --auto parameter to subscription-manager command, set :poolid: to any arbitrary value (auto is a good choice):

:poolid: auto


Array of Red Hat Subscription Manager repositories to add to a system. Prepending # sign in front of repository name will disable this repository.

Usually it's desirable to disable all repositories from a pool, and then only enable the repositories that are really needed (to avoid conflicts and other related issues). To achieve this, :repos: array should look like this:

  - '#*'
  - repo1
  - repo2
  - ...

The above YAML represents the following sequence of commands:

subscription-manager repos --disable '*'
subscription-manager repos --enable 'repo1'
subscription-manager repos --enable 'repo2'
subscription-manager repos --enable '...'


Currently undocumented.


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Set this to true if you want to use KVM's unsafe cache mode. If you do this, you will trade data integrity on your development environment's filesystem for a noticeable speed boost. See


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A space to store a string comment of your choosing. This field is not currently used anywhere by Oh-My-Vagrant.


You probably shouldn't play with this unless you've read and understand the source.

Command line

The command line arguments are currently undocumented. If you'd like to help improve these, please send a patch. They are not critical to Oh-My-Vagrant usage, because all operations can be done by editing the omv.yaml configuration file. Using the command line does make using Oh-My-Vagrant a lot faster if you're constantly changing your environment. It also makes people say "Whoa!".


This option doesn't yet exist. To add it, please send in a patch!


This is a user specific configuration file which typically goes in ~/.oh-my-vagrant.yaml or in ~/config/oh-my-vagrant.yaml if using a sane default xdg configuration.


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For example configurations, please consult the examples/ directory in the git source repository. It is available from:


This project will work with Vagrant version 1.6.5 and greater. It may work with certain older versions of vagrant, but they are no longer tested. Hopefully new versions of Vagrant don't introduce any regressions that break this project.

This project will work with Vagrant-Libvirt version 0.0.20 or greater, but using version 0.0.23 or greater is recommended. The same disclaimer about regressions in future versions apply.

This project is routinely tested on:

  • Fedora 21+

It will probably work without incident or without major modification on:

  • Debian 7+
  • Fedora 20
  • CentOS 5.x/6.x/7.x
  • RHEL 5.x/6.x/7.x

It has not been tested by the author (but should work) on:

  • Ubuntu 12.04+

It will most likely work on other GNU/Linux platforms, but testing on those platforms has been minimal due to lack of time and resources.

Testing is community supported! Please report any issues as there are a lot of features, and in particular, support for additional distros isn't well tested.


This is my personal project that I work on in my free time. Donations of funding, hardware, virtual machines, and other resources are appreciated. Please contact me if you'd like to sponsor a feature, invite me to talk/teach or for consulting.

You can follow along on my technical blog.

To report any bugs, please file a ticket at:


Copyright (C) 2012-2015+ James Shubin and the Oh-My-Vagrant contributors

Please see the AUTHORS file for more information.